It is classic. This is the National F*****g Football League I thought. However, I’m not going to automatically side with Tim Kawakami just because he was the bigger man. Fact is, there are few people who can confirm Kawakami’s story. The one Herrera so boldly protested. I’ll be the first to call out Kawakami (Not defending Herrera), although I am seeking to confirm my assumptions.
Publishing a story about Herrera passing out Kreidler’s article in the press room is a lot different then Herrera giving a single copy of the article to one reporter. This is one instance where a member(s) of media have stretched the boundaries of responsible journalism. Herrera took offense to the story, because he believed it to be untrue. It wasn’t untrue, but it was stretched and sensationalized. Herrera being upset is somewhat justified, he just didn’t handle it professionally. Kiffin calling Kawakami is a nice gesture. Herrera should have been the one to call. His actions were ridiculous even if he believed Kawakami’s insinuation was untrue.
For the record, here is a list of media members who did not receive the article to my knowledge: Corkan, McDonald, Jones, White, Cohn. If you know of more, please comment or email me. As citizen’s we should demand journalism be more factually accurate. If I were to say, "A senior Raiders official passed out Kreidler’s article." Factually, if he passed out even one copy, it is accurate. It’s at least bad writing, and at most a malicious misuse of position. Many people are going to interpret "passed out" to mean multiple copies.
My background in journalism is compelling me to further investigate the incident. It is easy enough to confirm such a story if I have the time. There are just a handful of media members in that room. How many got a copy? One? Two? More? The fact that is has gotten this far without anyone second guessing the validity of the story should be an embarrassment.
I couldn’t be more tired of the off-the-field antics. Can I please get some good ol’ fashioned Raiders Football?